There are two types of star tracker out there, one of which has counterweight (or sometimes called balance weight) attached on the other side of the tracker rotational axis, while the other doesn't. M...
While the paper instructions are not clear, and I was too impatient (and I had just one clear, moonless night before weather closed in, again) to try using the Nomad, so did not watch any videos, I had enough info to guess my way to setting the Nomad up, attach the Laser (the screw in attachment is slick) and try a few short star tracked photos - before I got too cold (think winter snow and ice). I need to play/experiment some more, to learn what camera settings work best for me, but I like the Nomad. Its is compact, solid and works. I have a fluid head, three ball heads to choose from and a solid tripod, so used those for support.
I am still waiting for the Nomad. The Post Office says it delivered the package. I never received it. Move Shoot Move asked me to follow up with the Post Office. I visited the local office and was told the Post Office would look into it. I was sent a follow up email from the Post Office in which the Posted Office stated the package was delivered. Again, I never received it. I notified MSM customer service about all of this but I do not know the current status. Are you issuing a refund? Are you shipping a replacement? I can provide an alternative ship to address if it helps.
I own both the MSM and Nomad. Plus, the L and Z mounting bases.The mounting bracket that came with the MSM that holds the laser and polar scope, is totally useless for calibrating the laser you need to bring back the laser only mount as used in your video on how to center the laser beam. Both units are great, just bring back the original laser ONLY mounting bracket. Bruce
No timelapse Funktion in the Nomad anymore. As a further Development it was Not sufficient Figuren out that this function is lost - my favorite functionality.
This is a perfect little tracker works well with the laser pointer makes it so easy to line up with the pole star. You can carry it in your pocket or bag takes very little room.
Tried my MSM-Nomad the day after it arrived to track Orion which appeared clear in a winter sky. Aligning polaris with the laser took about under a minute and i was ready to go. Worked great. Easy.
The new Nomad tracker performs very well and corrects the major design deficiencies of the original MSM Rotator: the inconsistent and unreliable tracking, the tendency for components to twist loose under loads, potentially sending a camera crashing to the ground, and the confusing design where it could be mounted in different ways, but which way was best? The polar alignment accuracy has also been improved with better collimation of the laser and polar scope with the rotation axis. In tests with dozens of images with 85mm and 135mm lenses, about 50% of frames were very well tracked, 25% were slightly trailed but usable, and only 25% were trailed badly, a ratio similar to other trackers. With 15mm and 24mm lenses all frames out of dozens shot over two hours were perfect. It’s a compact unit that seems to be well built. Well done MSM!
This is my first tracker, and I’ll be using it with Lumix M43 cameras. I’m testing now in preparation for the 2024 total lunar eclipse, and will be taking it out west soon for some Milky Way photography. So far everything is working just as it should.
I really love the NOMAD star tracker and I am looking forward to having many clear, dark-sky nights ahead in the coming year and beyond. The new simplified design of the NOMAD and the way the laser and scope connect to the tracker is a great combination set up.
A special thanks to the customer service from Move Shoot Move. Thanks to H, I now have everything I need for my extended trip through the desert. Tnx
I am completely new to astrophotography and cameras, and everything else associated with taking photos, exposure, aperture etc. but I must say, as I continue this hobby I will definitely be using the Nomad every chance I get.. it is really easy to use and stable. I had no problem with polar alignment due to the fact that I knew to check the laser pointer ( reading other people’s comments on the FB group for MSM)
and see if was pointing true. It was out of alignment quite a bit. Made a stable jig for it and had it pointing true in no time. The Nomad is very stable. Well, it seems stable to a rookie like myself. When I get clear skies, I will be definitely using it every chance I get.